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NYC Hound Finalizing Charelston Dining List

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Please review and make any comments

I have three dinners
Cru Cafe
SNOB
Al Di La

I have two lunches
Poogan's Porch (apparenlty I have to have the biscuts)
Magnolias

I have one breakfast...need another suggestion
Hominy Grill

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    1. Moe's Crosstown has excellent brunch, and while it's a bit of a drive, it's been a local favorite for decades. It used to be the kind of place that was members only and you needed a key to get in, but since the crosstown neighborhood has (relatively) shaped up over the years, Moe's has become THE place for all types of locals. Not a very touristy place at all, unless there's something big going on at the Citadel. Hampton park, right across from Moe's, is also a very nice place to take a stroll after brunch.

      Personally, I think 82 Queen is a little overrated, and most people I know who have worked there did not like working there.

    2. Hominy Grill is not so good. It is hard to really mess up breakfast but I would have problems waiting a half hour in line to get an acceptable but over priced breakfast.

      Breakfast any time:
      If you want a killer breakfast you could go to Bookstore Cafe which has moved to Mt. Pleasant. They have these potato casserole things that are very good and big enough to fill two people. Rutledge Coffee and Cream is a little closer and really cool. It is a hippy coffee shop with the best house made yogurt, really good bagels and lox, and great coffee.

      Breakfast Saturday mornings:
      Marion Square Farmers Market. Crepes, tacos, eggs, great pizza, pickle lady, gyros, lemonade, etc.

      Sunday Brunch:
      Tristan or High Cotton for fancy. Moe's Crosstown Tavern if you can be there at 11AM before it is packed.

      Enjoy your trip!

      1. i have to second 82 queen. my wife and i ate there for our wedding night 5 years ago and we still comment on it. try to get there on a nic enight and request a garden table. it's beautiful. the restaurant itself is a little odd as the dining rooms wind through an old house. good wine list. excellent food.

        1. Just got back from Charleston and ate dinner at SNOB and FIG. I thought FIG was better, hands down. SNOB was good, but everything we (10 of us) had at FIG was outstanding - fresh and flavorful, excellent use of local ingredients.

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          1. re: Piranha

            Hominy Grill last time with company for Sunday brunch was disappointing. Shrimp and grits were OK but guest didn't love it; salmon cakes had some kind of odd sauce that tasted like undiluted tomato soup and he who eats everything moved the cakes to another plate in order to finish; monster biscuit was flaky with decent fried chicken on top, but not nearly enough gravy and they charged extra for more. Second mediocre experience there. Pricey by the time it all adds up.

            If I were the OP, I might move SNOB to lunch instead of Poogan's Porch or Magnolia (neither of which impressed me). Add FIG to dinners. At SNOB, I love their shrimp and grits and their charcuterie plate especially.

            Second the motion on Marion Square if it's a Saturday morning -- had some killer muffins the other week and shopped for herbs and veggies.

          2. I must say the last time I was at Hominy Grill I found the room sweltering, the tables jammed together, the service indifferent and the food horrid.